[Chairman of the G.M.W.A. Bishop Albert Jamison Sr.]
The 49th annual Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA)
went on without a hitch in Birmingham, AL.
One of Gospel’s most prestigious conferences led by chairman Bishop Albert Jamison, brought together hundreds of performers, musicians, radio hosts, industry execs and fans alike.
Going by the slogan “Where Everybody is Somebody,” the conference is one of the biggest conferences impacting Gospel music today. Many artists can thank the GMWA for their big break at radio. With the full participation of The Gospel Announcers Guild (GAG), the GMWA showcases some of the biggest stars and up-and-coming talent from around the world.
[Byron Cage sings at The Gospel Music Workshop of America]
Chapters from as far as Japan descended upon Birmingham to perform in front of Gospel music fans who came from all over to celebrate good Gospel music.
The big announcement this year came from the Gospel Announcers Guild who announced that they will be changing their name to The GMWA ALLIANCE Gospel of Music Professionals.
[Ricky Dillard sings at The Gospel Music Workshop of America]
[51 year old Ricky Dillard gets every ounce out of his choir with amazing back-bend]
Some of the Gospel acts in attendance included Bishop Paul S. Morton, Kurt Carr, Byron Cage, Ricky Dillard, James Fortune, Zacardi Cortez, Dottie Peoples, Kathy Taylor, The Canton Spirituals, Eric Waddell, The Wardlaw Brothers, Dr. Leonard Scott, Ruth La’Ontra, Malcolm Williams
, and many others.
[Kurt Carr poses with Kathy Taylor at GMWA]
The highlight of the week-long conference undoubtedly was the special tribute given to the late Andrae Crouch
. More than ten of his greatest hits were performed by Crouch’s peers. It was the most well done tribute that I’ve seen so far for Crouch.
[Eric Waddell pays tribute to Andraé Crouch by singing one of his hits at The GMWA]
Official sponsors of this years’ event included Cadillac along with Path MEGAzine.
[Path MEGAzine publisher Kris Patrick (L), takes selfie with James Fortune (R)]
Path MEGAzine publisher Kris Patrick
was presented with a special certificate on stage and spoke for a few minutes about the 9-year old publication he founded.
Says Patrick, “I grew up attending the G.M.W.A., I always feel re-charged and energized after convening with so many Gospel music lovers.” “It was a pleasure and an honor to sponsor this years conference.”
[Harvey Watkins Jr. performs with the legendary Canton Spirituals at The GMWA]
[James Fortune performs “Live Through It” at the GMWA]
No matter what your flavor was the conference had performers to minister to you. Quartet music had it’s own room this year where performances took place. Gospel hip hop, traditional, contemporary and more all had listening ears.
The landmark 50th year of The G.M.W.A. is scheduled for Atlanta next year!